Blog Comment and analysis on the key issues in health and social care Search Apply Listing Content Type Viewing: All blogs All blogs Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page Topics Health and care services Adult social care Cancer services (-) Community services Emergency care End-of-life care General practice Hospital care Long-term conditions Maternity services Mental health New models of care Public health Sexual health care Leadership, systems and organisations (-) Accountable care Clinical commissioning groups Clinical leadership Equality and diversity Health and wellbeing boards Integrated care Local service design Patient leadership Quality improvement Sustainability and transformation plans System leadership Voluntary and community sector Workforce and skills Patients, people and society Carers Children and young people Health inequalities (-) Housing Older people Patient experience Patient involvement Patient safety Population health Public opinion (-) Technology and data Volunteers Policy, finance and performance Access to care Better Care Fund Brexit Commissioning and contracting Devolution General election 2017 Governance and regulation Health and Social Care Act 2012 (-) NHS finances NHS five year forward view NHS long-term plan Performance Productivity Social care finances Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Blog Looking ahead to the Spending Review Sally Warren considers the importance of the upcoming Spending Review for health and social care and outlines how the numbers are only part of the funding problem. Blog Making local government finance even more local How might prospective changes to local government finance impact on health and wellbeing? Sally Warren considers how two changes will affect how local authorities are able to raise funds and meet the needs of their populations. Blog What has a pensions tax crisis got to do with your hip operation? Siva Anandaciva explores how changes to pensions tax policy are exacerbating workforce issues in the NHS and having a real impact on patient experience, as clinicians and managers are not taking on additional work. Blog Rekindling hope in public services Ahead of the publication of our report on the Wigan Deal, Chris Naylor explores how devolving power to frontline staff and service users can create the positive culture needed for improvement. Blog What does NHSX have to learn from other countries’ experiences of digitisation in health systems? As NHSX is set to begin work on digital transformation in the NHS, Matthew Honeyman reports on discussions from the European Health Policy Group’s most recent meeting and considers what the NHS can learn from other systems. Blog Spare change: the public and NHS funding Is the NHS adequately funded, and how should funding be raised? Harry Evans explores the findings of the British Social Attitudes survey on public attitudes towards NHS funding and taxation. Blog The NHS and climate change: a decade of distraction As the realities of climate change become ever clearer, Chris Naylor explores how the NHS has responded to the challenge so far, and why it needs to do more to overcome the ‘tyranny of now’. Blog NICE at 20: a cause for celebration Nicholas Timmins celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and considers the challenges ahead. Blog The NHS needs to be more productive – or is it more efficient? Stop reading this and get back to work – you need to be more productive. Or is it more efficient? David Maguire explores the difference between productivity and efficiency in the NHS long-term plan. Blog Is it possible to use the digitisation of the NHS to reach the furthest first? The health and care system has historically been reliant on paper for sharing information about patients. Digitisation is inevitably changing that, but what impact does that have on those who are marginalised? Blog A significant moment for general practice A new five-year contract for general practice has been announced, with an increase in funding and plans to transform GP services. Beccy Baird and Anna Charles give their take on the key things you need to know. Blog The NHS long-term plan: five things you need to know The NHS long-term plan has been launched and long it indeed is, in every sense of the word, clocking in at a weighty 120 pages. Here’s my take on the top five things you need to know. Blog 2019: handling the uncertainty Richard Murray reflects on the opportunities and challenges that 2019 may bring, as well as the need for flexibility in the face of uncertainty. Blog Social prescribing: a part of something bigger Beccy Baird highlights how social prescribing must fit within a well-connected and sufficiently-funded system if it is to be successful. Blog Prevention is better than cure – except when it comes to paying for it The government’s emphasis on prevention is welcome, but resources have not been following the rhetoric. David Buck analyses the latest data on local government public health spending. Blog Mental health funding in the 2018 Autumn Budget: the devil will be in the detail While the additional funding for mental health services announced in this week’s Budget is welcome, it will take more than money to deliver parity of esteem. Blog A short history of NHS winter funding The NHS relies on the reoccurrence of supposedly non-recurrent winter funding, but is still kept on its toes each year wondering how much money will be available and when it will be provided. Siva Anandaciva looks at how it works. Blog Using technology to build a partnership of trust with patients Chris Ham explores how technology can enable positive clinician-patient relationships and support patients to take an active role in their health and wellbeing. Blog How can community involvement reduce health inequalities? Can community involvement in Morecambe Bay help reduce health inequalities that have existed over decades? Blog From lab to bedside: ensuring new medicines are available in a cost-effective and timely way David Omojomolo explores the challenge of offering new medicines within current financial restraints. 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